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Brittany Wegner
Clermont's newest Police Officer Brittany Wegner officially joined the city's law enforcement agency Monday evening in an emotional ceremony that included Wegner's grandmother, Sue Hogan, who pinned Wegner's badge on the South Lake High graduate's uniform.

Hogan was Florida's first female police chief, serving the City of Minneola in the late 1970s. Wegner graduated from the police academy at Lake Tech in 2015 and received the academy's Defensive Tactics Award.

According to Hogan, her granddaughter had wanted to be a police officer since she was a child. When visiting her grandmother, she always asked to watch episodes of "Cops."

Her journey to becoming a police officer was not a straight path. She first attended the police academy as a recruit for Orange County. She was injured and could not complete her training, but was offered a post as a dispatcher instead.

Wagner declined. Her goal was to be an officer and she wasn't giving up. So after her recovery she enrolled herself at Lake Tech's Police Academy where she graduated and received the Defense Tactics Award.

Chief Charles Broadway welcomed Wegner to the force. Each year the department receives hundreds of applications, but only a handful are accepted.

"Today you join our extended family," Broadway told Wegner during the ceremony. "You are now part of one of the most noble and honorable professions.

Broadway concluded by saying despite some negative media attention, there are thousands of positive interactions with the police across the nation everyday.

Wagner joins the force with badge number 221.

Former Minneola Police Chief Su Hogan pins badge 221 on her granddaughter, Brittany Wegner, during ceremonies swearing the new officer into the Clermont Police Department. Hogan then kissed her granddaughter who, she said, always aspired to be a police officer. (Photos by Mike Corradino)
After challenges, a determined Brittany Wegner
joins the ranks of the Clermont Police Department
Briottany WEegner and Sue Hogan
Chief Charles Broadway, Brittany Wegner and Sue Hogan
Officer Brittany Wegner beams after being sworn in as a Clermont Police Officer. She is congratulated by Chief Charles Broadway and grandmother and former Minneola Police Chief Sue Hogan. (Photo by Mike Corradino)

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